|#11 Racecar Driver|
|This Racer’s life is going great! Not only is his official sponsor Octan, the preferred fuel company in the Lego Universe, but he’s also got an extra hair piece for when he takes his helmet off. Because no one wants helmet hair for their victory photos. Something else I found interesting is his belt reveals his name to be N. Groves. Decoding Tip: He’s the only figure with a helmet and hair, so feel for both.|
|#12 Gorilla Suit|
|He’s not actually a Gorilla, you know? He’s really a minifigure in a gorilla suit. You can tell by the zipper on his back, and you know, the removable mask. But it sure is hard being a gorilla. The suit is hot and stuffy and the poor guy inside is sweating bullets. Actually, he’s not looking so good and I don’t think that giant banana he comes with is going to help. Decoding Tip: Feel for the banana, but be careful not to confuse it with the Pilot’s goggles.|
|I’ve seen this ugly mug before. He’s one of the alien races in the new Space Police series. But this guy’s got a couple new tricks up his sleeve. First, he’s wearing a brand new purple space suit. Second, he’s got a gold ray gun in the same style as the Spaceman from series one. I don’t know how dangerous that purple beam is, but I’d stay away from it. Decoding Tip: The head is the most distinct thing to feel for.|
|#14 Hula Dancer|
|When you arrive at the Lego tropical islands, these young pretty girls are there to greet you with maracas. The grass skirt she wears is a first and is made from the same material that they use for capes. It looks great on her and adds to the bikini top, lei, and printed flower in her hair. Speaking of hair, this is a brand new hair piece with the hair falling over the front right shoulder. It looks great, but she can’t move her head with it on. Decoding Tip: Feel for the two maracas, but don’t confuse them with the Rapper’s mic.|
|This minifigure thinks he’s too cool for school with his retro 80’s sunglasses, ironic ball cap, low riding jeans, giant gold necklace with a dollar sign, and gold teeth. Hmmm, he looks familiar to me. I wonder if he’s the minifigure who married the Pop Singer from series two? Well he’s out on his own now, laying down hits with the new gold trimmed boombox. Who plays tapes anymore? Decoding Tip: Feel for the mic, but don’t confuse him with the Hula Girl who has two maracas.|
|#16 Baseball Player|
|Walking up to the plate is the star player of the LegoVille Clutchers. This assured baseball player in his red and white striped jersey is ready to hit one out of the park with the new baseball bat element. Plus, his new ball cap element with a curved bill and molded seams is perfect for keeping the sun off his eyes. Get enough of these guys and you’ll have a team. Now if they just had someone to play against. Decoding Tip: Feel for the bat.|
Even though the barcodes have been removed from the packages, there are still ways to root out what’s inside. On at the bottom on the back of each package is a series of slightly raised dots. Each figure has its own unique set of dots. They can be difficult to see, but we have compiled a new cheat sheet to point you in the right direction. This, in combination with the decoding tips I gave for feeling the bags should help you find, or at least narrow down your search for the figures you are looking for.
If you save this decoder and print it from a picture viewing program “as is” (no enlarging/scaling to fit) it should print to scale with the packages to let you compare between the decoder and the packages easier.
Like the previous two waves, I’m really happy with series three. I’m really glad we finally got an Elf character, and I’m hoping for a female Elf in future waves. I was also glad to see new parts like the Fisherman’s smaller beard and pole. Plus, I love the guy in a gorilla suit. That was a very cool idea on Lego’s part. What I didn’t like seeing was the loss of the barcode system and the increase to $3 a figure. The higher price is especially bad when you don’t know exactly what you’re getting, which translates into buying more than you really wanted. I love these figures, but they need to stay a reasonable price.
Also, we’d like to leave you with a preview of things to come. A first look at the early pics of Lego Minifigures Series 4.